Detroit

Detroit

Detroit is the ultimate case study for the RITMO project. It has the potential to improve mobility for some of the most  disadvantaged communities in the country. Detroit has

  • very low ownership rates:  Car ownership is one of the best predictors of social mobility and 26% of the households in Detroit do not have a car compared to 9% nationally;
  • an under-developed regional public transit system;
  • a widespread geographical area with as many commuters coming to the city than leaving to suburban areas: Only a third of Detroit residents work inside the city;
  • a significant unemployment rate (about 75,000 residents are looking for work), with the lack of transportation seen a major obstacle for employment.